In the early hours of Friday, Oct. 13, 1307, soldiers acting
on orders from King Philip IV of France seized all Templar properties and
arrested all Templars within his Kingdom.
Although King Philip's arrests were in clear violation of the
Pope's prerogatives, Pope Clement V failed to oppose or even vigorously
protest against the arrest of clergy ostensibly subject only to himself.
The English Templar, Percy
Sir Percival "Percy" de Lacy is an English Templar trapped in
France when Philip IV strikes at the Knights Templar. Imprisoned and tortured
into a false confession, Percy learns the depths of human degradation and
But seeking only his death, Percy falls instead into the
hands of two people determined to save him: Geoffrey de Preuthune, the Cypriot
Knight, and his granddaughter, Félice.
Percy's rescue from the hands of the Inquisition is, however,
only the beginning of his odyssey.
The former Templar novice, Geoffrey de Preuthune, now
approaching 80 years of age and a widower, cannot believe the allegations made
against the Knights Templar. When he finds Percy near death, he insists on
Resistance from the "Free Templars"
All across France, isolated individual Templars who for one
reason or another were not in their commanderies on the night of Oct. 13,
1307 have escaped arrest. Most simply disappear in obscurity, but some
want to fight back against injustice. From humble beginnings, a organisation of
free Templars is gradually built up.
Volunteers from the countries where the Templars have been found innocent
or the arrests carried out half-heartedly join the efforts of the free
Although Percy initially joins the struggle against the Inquisition
reluctantly, he soon becomes consumed with the need for revenge.
Félice de Preuthune
has been educated in a convent school, but neither her school-girl vows of
love for a student nor her obedience to her parents, who send her into a
foreign marriage, can diminish the bonds that bind her to Percy.
Félice is threatened not by too much hate but by too much
love. Torn between her girlhood sweetheart, her legal husband and the man
who is her very personal saviour, Félice founders and stumbles to the brink
Félice must first descend into a private hell to learn her
own heart. She returns to the struggle strengthened but still vulnerable.
This, the third novel of Schrader’s Templar Trilogy, is set
against the backdrop of the destruction of the Knights Templar by Philip IV of
France. It is a story of the struggle between good and evil in human hearts.
Whereas Sir Percy must learn to tame his hatred, Félice has to learn how to
focus and define her love.
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The Cypriot Knight and
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